So just got my Tuxedo Pulse 14 laptop in, yay! Took a while, and the ship date was pushed. Smaller laptop makers I’m sure are getting a bit squeezed by the current chip shortages.
Unfortunately wasn’t emailed a shipping notification, so it was a surprise showing up on my door step. I got mine without SSD and with bare minimum RAM (8GB) given how OEMs tend to price up RAM and storage upgrades, so I’m buying my own NVMe and RAM (2x32GB). Unfortunately going to have to wait a few days for them to arrive, since I wasn’t notified when it shipped, but oh well. I can still boot Live USB sticks to take them for a spin and see how the hardware works.
So now my thoughts/debate. For my software development, while at the moment I’ve been using my Win10 desktop due to WFH, and find it fine, I’d like to be on *nix. I love FreeBSD on my NAS/server, however in the past when I’ve tried it, briefly, on my old laptop (which I never ended up using much for lack of travel), took a bit to configure/run X and such. I’m willing to make a concerted effort to try, but then again so many tools are tested/intended for Linux usage, it might just make more sense to run Linux. By preference I’ll be running Debian, if I go this route.
I will also be dual-booting or VM with Win10, because sometimes it’s handy to just have around Just In Case. Never know what bit of software might be needed that’s Win only (gah). Plus some possibly light gaming, although with Valve’s Proton which can run many Win games on Linux, for the light GPU duty games (Factorio, Terarria, similar) might be just fine. Or some even have native ports.
Anyway, thoughts on FreeBSD or Linux? Feel free to suggest something better (in your opinion) than Debian, but be prepared to support it by some concrete info.